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ALEXANDER HOPES TO USE FIRST WIN AS A ‘BUILDING BLOCK’

23 November 2023

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ALEXANDER HOPES TO USE FIRST WIN AS A ‘BUILDING BLOCK’

23 November 2023

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Graham Alexander is hoping to utilise his first win as City boss as a "building block", ahead of the Bantams’ Sky Bet League Two visit of Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Alexander praised City's performance in their Bristol Street Motors Trophy victory over Barnsley on Tuesday night, but hopes for his players to replicate the dominant and hard-working display against Accrington at the weekend.

“We have to look at Tuesday as a building block,” he said.

“You have to take games forward, and if they are positive results, then you have to maintain the good elements.

“When I watched it back, I was as impressed as I was when watching it live.

“Taking out the emotion of wanting to win the match, I was blown away by our pressing and our movement, and hopefully we can replicate that.

“We have to feed back to the players on how to improve and progress as a group.

“We enjoyed the win on Tuesday and I allowed them to enjoy the moment of beating a team resoundingly, but I will give the boys reminders of how they played and how we can add to that.

“We were excellent. We started the game in a fine manner, and we were still pressing and pushing Barnsley when we were 5-1 up.

“We had a lot of quality, even with a few different players in the line-up. We looked unbeatable all night, and that is something to harness going into the next few games.”

The 52-year-old was pleased to hit the ground running at the University of Bradford Stadium, as he discusses the need to create a “fear factor” when travelling sides visit BD8.

Alexander remains balanced in his approach when advising players on home form as he does not want to distract them from away outings, and instead will remind his Bantams to “remain focus” throughout the 90 minutes.

“When the supporters come to your home ground, you need to be able to put a show on for them,” he added.

“Because, when they are cheering behind you, it only benefits us - it certainly does not benefit the opposition.

“We want to create a fear factor at the stadium when opponents visit us.

“It is also about the balance. Sometimes, you can put so much pressure on winning home games, that you overcomplicate it, and you end up not only losing them, but also your away games too.

“When you start thinking about what is outside of the pitch, then that is when you lose focus and your grounding in the game.

“We want to reward this crowd, because it is a phenomenal bunch we have here.”

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